From John H.:
You hear I broke my ankle? Two weeks ago….riding my motorcycle in the sandhills on my way to the black hills, riding in a tire track of a double track country road, it was a bit of a rut, and my left foot , toe, caught on something and folded my foot under the footpeg. Pop. Ouch. (I do wear off road cycling boots). Broke the outside ankle bone and bruised my metatarsal bones (toe area). I thought it was just bruised, so I continued to ride, trying to get out of the double track no-man’s land when I hit some mud and wiped out…now mind you I’m in the middle of nowhere, no cell service, on a “road” by definition only, with a broken foot, needing to pick up a 500 pound motorcycle on a slippery surface. My first attempt was rather desperate, I got it half way up, but just couldn’t lift it with so much pain in my foot. So I took off all the bags, tent, and gear, drug the bike into the middle of the road for a better angle, and was finally able to get it upright. He lives. Bags, gear and protective gear back on and I continued to ride 6 more hours west (towards the black hills) when I finally concluded past Alliance, NE that, gosh, this hurts, maybe I should go home. So then I rode 7 hours straight home, shifting all the way with a broken ankle.
It was so swollen I thought it was sprained, even did some research on the web..one week later, swelling went down, pain didn’t so I went to the Dr. Dr’s x-ray confirmed a break…he put me in a walking boot for a week…so I walked around for a week on it, 2nd x-ray confirmed need for surgery….had surgery this morning (6-17)…4 weeks in a cast, then 2 weeks in a walking boot…..I missed last summer due to my broken ribs suffered on a crash in Fruita mountain biking. Am I getting clumsy or what?
So, I’ve got some reading time J